How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered most hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you growing confused? We undeniably are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The email folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Drawback Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain management tools
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: 120+ Control Panel sections to learn... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...